How To Make King Sized Pillow Shams

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

 I just finished making these great pillow shams for a client.  She had found this bedding on sale greatly reduced the only problem was all the store had left were quilts, no shams.  So she picked up two quilts; one went on the bed and the second one was used to make cornice boards and shams.  My client has a king size bed; if you use king size pillows on your king sized bed you only need two shams where if you used standard pillows it would require three.  A king size pillow averages 20" x 36".  We wanted the sham to have a flange that measured about 2" around.  So I cut two 22" x 38" top panels from the quilt.  I know the math doesn't add up.  If I had added 4" to the top measurement of 36") and 4" to the side measurement of 22" you would end up with a flat no life pillow sham.  By cutting it a bit smaller it forces the pillow to fill the entire sham making the pillow appear more full.  I also cut four back panels that measured 22" x 23" this allowed me to have some over lap on the back helping to keep the pillow securely hidden.  I finished off the one side by bending it back and stitching along the edge.  This will give the back a clean finished open edge to insert your pillow.  To finish the shames I created a sandwich of sorts layering all my pieces just as they would look if they were on the pillows.  I pinned the back panels closed so they wouldn't shift while i was sewing.  At this point I began to bind the outer edge in a fun lime green fabric.  I feel it gave the shams just the pop of color that was needed.  After they were bound I ran a seam around the inside about 2" from the finished edge.  this created the flange.  Hope you find this helpful.  Feel free to link up your new bedding creations. 

all this extra fun from one extra bed in a bag :)
This post is Linked on Frugal Friday at the Shabby Nest :)
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